Very low levels of the antioxidants Beta-carotene and Vitamin C found in the blood of individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s

September 18, 2012

Forgetfulness, mild confusion, cognitive decline … these are some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany have discovered that Vitamin C and Beta-carotene levels are lower in the blood of patients with early stages of dementia – conversely it might therefore be possible to slow the deterioration of Alzheimer’s disease through a great diet or taking specific antioxidant supplements.

The doctors screened 1,500 senior citizens and included 74 of these with Alzheimer’s disease and 158 without in their study. All participants ranged in age from 65 to 90. The test subjects underwent neuropsychological testing and answered questions regarding their lifestyle. Their blood was collected and examined as well as information on additional health parameters. The patients with mild dementia had an average age of 79. The researchers found that the level of Vitamin C and Beta-carotene was significantly lower in the blood of the individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.